The 2012 CPR Award
Christiaan de Beukelaer, 26 years old from Belgium, studying at the University of Leeds (UK), is the winner of the 9th Cultural Policy Research Award 2012 (CPRA). The Award will help the young researcher to carry out his research proposal and publish his findings. The name of the winner was unveiled during the 9th CPRA Ceremony held on the evening 12 September at Goldsmiths, University of London in the framework of the 20th ENCATC Annual Conference, “Networked Culture”. This high level Award Ceremony was attended by hundreds of academics, researchers, professionals from the cultural and educational sector, organizations, students, policy makers, artists and media from more than 35 countries to support excellence in cultural policy research.
Selected amongst 24 high-quality applications from 12 countries on the wider European continent, Christiaan de Beukelaer convinced the international jury panel with a research project which aims at “Developing Culture and Culturing Development: A critical analysis of the link between cultural industries and sustainable human development in the Global South”: “we found Christiaan de Beukelaer’s research very innovative. We value his capacity of breaking with conventions without overlooking the traditional research elements”, said the CPRA Jury President, Lluís Bonet (University of Barcelona, Spain).
The winner was extremely honoured and appreciative of the jury’s recognition: “I feel extremely honoured. This is such an important award in the cultural policy research field. I see this as a sign of recognition that exceeds my expectations and I look forward to contributing my research to the sector”, said Christiaan de Beukelaer.